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Duke Slater Review – Mike Chapman

I approached Mike Chapman, publisher of the Iowa History Journal, last month and asked if he could take a look at my book on Hawkeye great Duke Slater. Chapman, who was the sports editor at the Cedar Rapids Gazette for six years, responded enthusiastically.  He confessed that he had known of Duke Slater for decades.  “He is a fascinating and rather mythical figure, no doubt,” Chapman added. The Iowa History Journal is published bi-monthly, and they were scheduled to review another book in their November issue.  As a result, Chapman told me that the review of Duke Slater probably wouldn’t…

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Duke Slater Review – Ron Maly

I recently asked Ron Maly, a Hawkeye author himself, for his take on my latest book about Hawkeye great Duke Slater.  As Maly was looking it over, I had an opportunity to help him track down another former Hawk in need of recognition. Al Miller On Maly’s blog last week, he put out a search request for former Hawkeye Al Miller.  Miller played football for Coach Evashevski at Iowa and lettered in 1958 and 1959.  He lined up at the end position and was a member of the squad that played in the 1959 Rose Bowl. After graduation, Miller went…

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Duke Slater Review – Gary Dolphin

On September 13, 2012, I appeared on Gary Dolphin‘s radio show, The Dolph Report.  We had a terrific time talking about my new book, Duke Slater. Dolphin started the interview by mentioning my motivations for writing the book.  We talked briefly about my feeling that Duke Slater has not received the recognition he deserves as a great player and racial pioneer in sports. Dolph confessed that at the time of the interview, he was only halfway through the book.  Honestly, I was pretty impressed, because I can only imagine how busy the Voice of the Hawkeyes is during the fall…

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